FRAGONARD, Jean-Honoré
(b. 1732, Grasse, d. 1806, Paris)

The Progress of Love: The Confession of Love

Oil on canvas, 318 x 215 cm
Frick Collection, New York

The painting belongs to a series of four entitled Progress of Love. The cycle, often regarded as the artist's masterpiece, was painted for Mme du Barry, Louis XV's most beautiful mistress. The paintings, however, were returned by Mme du Barry since that time the taste has been already turned against Fragonard's lighthearted style.